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European Election (NI)
Thursday 15 June 1989



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Text and Research: Fionnuala McKenna
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European Election (NI)
Thursday 15 June 1989

The following is a first draft (v1) of the results of the 1989 European Parliament elections held in Northern Ireland on Thursday 15 June.

Introduction

The elections on Thursday 15 June 1989 were to elect three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). For the purpose of the European elections Northern Ireland is treated as a single constituency and voting is by means of 'proportional representation'.

Summary of Results:

Electorate: 1,106,852
Total valid vote: 534,811
Spoiled votes: 5,443
Percentage turnout: 48.81%
Quota: 133,703

First Count

Candidate and Party
First Preference Votes
% Valid Poll
Ian Paisley, Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP)
160,110
(29.9%)
John Hume, Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
136,335
(25.5%)
Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
118,785
(22.2%)
D. Morrisson, Sinn Féin (SF)
48,914
(9.1%)
J. Alderdice, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
27,905
(5.2%)
A.L. Kennedy, Conservative Party (C)
25,789
(4.8%)
M. H. Samuel, Green Party
6,569
(1.2%)
S. Lynch, Workers' Party (WP)
5,590
(1.0%)
M. F. Langhammer, Labour for Representative Government (LRG)
3,540
(0.7%)
B. P. Caul, Labour Party (Lab. '87)
1,274
(0.2%)

Ian Paisley, Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP), and John Hume, Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP), were elected on the first count. Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), was elected on the second count.

Second Count

Distribution of the surplus votes from Ian Paisley.

Candidate and Party
Votes Distributed
New Total
Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
+22,798
141,583
D. Morrisson, Sinn Féin (SF)
+73
48,987
J. Alderdice, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
+728
28,633
A.L. Kennedy, Conservative Party (C)
+1,082
26,871
M. H. Samuel, Green Party
+306
6,875
S. Lynch, Workers' Party (WP)
+78
5,668
M. F. Langhammer, Labour for Representative Government (LRG)
+120
3,660
B. P. Caul, Labour Party (Lab. '87)
+30
1,304

Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), was elected on the second count.


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